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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 11, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY July 14 pages in 2 sections 20S Serving New ftratmfels and Coma County since 1852 50 cents House Ks SPECIAL SESSION On the Web Texas Legislative Council BY APRIL CASTRO AND KELLEY SHANNON Associated Press Writers Texas gover widely regarded as a weak could gain some power under House bills approved Some Democrats saying the moves diminish leg islators Ks an issue of balance of pow said Pete D The bills next move to the Senate for In a nonrecord voice the House approved a bill to abolish the StatisPederal Rela tions and put that authority under the Critics claimed the move pre vents the Legislatures involve Supporters said stream lining is needed for Texas to get a better share of federal Its like being the daddy of the Somebodys got to haVe the Everybody cant be writing out of or the durned thing doesnt said Carter CasteeL RNew the bills Other approved bills would allow the governor to skip Senate confirmation when appointing an insurance com missioner by reducing the term to one year and changing the posfs1 qualifications allow the governor to name the presiding officer of most boards governing state with a few exceptions and Ethics rule change give the governor more time at the start of regular legislative sessions to present a budget pror posaL Currently budget recom mendations must be presented by the sixth day of the One bill Perry has pushed that didnt win passage Thursday would have created a law to keep his offices budget working docu ments away from public nixes provision financial damages BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer People who squeal on unethical conduct wont be out a dime for filing ground less under a pro posed revision to the citys ethics It is my opinion that not this body nor the city council has the authority to award attorney City Attorney Charlie Zech In my its and the only body that has the authority to award damages is a Zech and the commission decided to delete a section of the current ordinance that allows attorney fees to be awarded to a defendant of an ethics complaint thatris ungrounded and meant to It was the only revision the group did not completely agree on as they took a closer look at the citys ethics ZECH ordinance Commis sion mem ber John Mathis said Thursday he was un comfortable with part of a decision made in January that ordered former ethics commission member James Patrick to pay attor ney fees for filing a complaint against former City Council woman Debbie Member Antionette Peters said some provision should be in place to guard against claims meant to is an call body that makes recom mendations to council on eth ical questions regarding city officials and The city See Extension office closes to move into new space BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The Comal County office of the Texas Cooperative Exten sion Service closes next week while it moves into its new home off Texas The Extension service is moving to a building on prop erty the county purchased in February behind the road department and rural recy July 14 through 18 our office will be county Extension Agent Pat Rasor said in a news We will not be answering phoney or able to assist with walkin Our will all be boxed up for the The Extension service reopens at its new location K white it i at 8 July 21 but tele phone service will not be set up until July The tele phone number will remain the 830 When the move is its former located on Water Lane adjacent to the Comal County Sheriffs will be according to Dennis See EXTENSIONS INSIDE Comics Photos by JESSIE Playing Park in the Top Dave Larson and his band perform a few songs for the youngsters in the crowd Thursday night during the Concerts in the Park series at the Lancia Park dance The concerts take place from to 10 Thursdays throughout the sum mer and showcase a variety of local musical Left Elizabeth and Emily Hancock from left were among those who jumped at the chance to do the Chicken Playground manufacturer has kids at heart BYSEANBOWUN Staff Writer A new local business has thrown out the all no At Backyard play is their The national outdoor equip ment factory store plans to open 1 in the old GymNI build 1980135 Janet Backyard Adventures South Texas area ture a childrens pjay area and a Theresa Stonehgrt paints Rocky with a fun mural The parent Back yard also has a store and has set up locations in several as well as Canada and Great Sammann said many of the playscapes have interchange able such as forts with different decks and You can also add rock different sizes qf slides and beams to Theyre modu Sammann A commercial line of play equipment that will be sold to parks and schools also wilj be displayed Other displays include a line of anchored basketball snaptogether athletic barbecue patio imd above ground In the back of the store will be an airconditioned birthday par ty Thatfe going to be really Sammann Sammann said she hopes to host field where children unlearn playground safety Wed like to be very active in the community with the kids because thats what we Sammaixn Sammann also plans Stranger Danger pos sibly on the field are safe in their but when they step tfs a whote other world out   

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